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Detailed Guide for Changing Bylaws & Appendices


Divisional legislation includes Regulations, Bylaws and related Appendices (see, e.g., Statewide Bylaw 5 and University Committee on Rules and Jurisdiction Legislative Ruling 12.93A). For example, Divisional Bylaws 160 through 182 and the corresponding sections of Appendix II govern the membership and operations of the Faculties of different Schools and Colleges. Similarly, Divisional Bylaw 65.1 and Appendix XIII together describe the responsibilities and procedures of the Undergraduate Council. Some Appendices pertain to a specific Senate body, such as the Council on Planning and Budget or the Graduate Council; others are broader in scope and govern more general Senate activities, such as academic program reviews (Appendix XVI) or faculty conduct (Appendix XII). Originating bodies should consider the effect of their proposals across all the relevant Bylaws, Regulations and Appendices.

Los Angeles Division Bylaw 100(B)(3) states that the Division’s Committee on Rules and Jurisdiction (CR&J) is responsible for reviewing proposed legislative changes for consonance and conformity with other Divisional and Statewide legislation. CR&J is also responsible for making non-substantive editorial and conforming changes in Divisional legislation on an as-needed basis.

CR&J has prepared the following step-by-step directions for preparing legislative change proposals and submitting them to the appropriate bodies for review, recommendations, revision, and approval. The steps to be taken depend on the type of legislation being proposed; all of the steps are summarized in a check list and flow chart at the end of this guide. The steps differ somewhat for Bylaw/Appendix vs. Regulation changes, but in general legislative changes must be reviewed by the Faculty affected and other appropriate Senate agencies prior to being brought before the Legislative Assembly (LGA) for final adoption.

For your information, we have provided references throughout the text to the relevant Divisional documents that govern these procedures. Please feel free to contact CR&J’s Analyst, Marian McKenna Olivas ( or phone 6-2469) if you have any questions or need guidance about any part of this process.

Step 1: Developing a Proposal

To speed the review and approval process, originating bodies should provide as much information about the proposed changes as possible. All legislative change proposals must contain:

a) The existing text of the legislation that will be repealed or modified (i.e., the currently effective legislation in the Division Academic Senate Manual, which is available in Departments, Schools, Colleges, or online at [see links on the left for bylaws]);
b) A statement of the purpose and effect of the proposal, i.e., its rationale and justification;
c) The exact text of the new legislation to be adopted;
d) The results of the Faculty vote on the proposal, if appropriate; and
e) A timeline for implementing the change.

[see Los Angeles Division Bylaw 120(D)]
The text of the existing and proposed legislation must be presented with a strike-through of the language to be replaced or deleted and shading of the new language in the proposed text, to make the changes easy to see.


Step 2: Preliminary CR&J Review (OPTIONAL)

In any legislative change process, but especially in cases where a proposed legislative change must be voted on by the affected faculty (such as curricular changes), the originating body may submit the draft proposal to CR&J before the faculty vote or other reviews to obtain preliminary advice about the proposal’s language and conformance with Divisional and Statewide legislation. It must be indicated that the request for review is preliminary. This step is not a final ruling, nor can it substitute for CR&J's formal ruling on the proposal later in the process.

CR&J recommends this step so that potential problems can be identified and changes made to the proposal before the Faculty vote or other bodies review the proposal. After making its preliminary recommendations, CR&J returns the proposal to the originating body so that they can make the recommended changes before proceeding with subsequent steps.

The rest of the steps to be taken depend on whether the proposal applies to Regulations (curricular matters), or Bylaws and Appendices. Regulation changes are discussed first.


Step 3: Single Unit (Faculty Vote) vs. Faculty-Wide Impact

According to Divisional Bylaw 115(A)bylaws define the “source of authority, membership, powers, duties, and organization of the Academic Senate, the Division and its various agencies.” Generally, Bylaws and Appendices govern the functions and activities of Senate agencies, except those related to curriculum. Changes to Bylaws and related Appendices that directly affect a particular College, School or Department must include the exact wording of the existing and proposed Bylaw and/or Appendix, formatted as in Step 1, and must be approved by the Faculty involved. A majority vote of the affected Faculty is needed to approve the proposal before the originating body can send it on to the Executive Board.

Bylaw changes that affect the Senate as a whole are submitted directly from the originating body to the Senate Executive Board for review.


Step 4: Senate Executive Board Review

The originating body must submit either type of proposal (whole-campus or single-unit) to the Executive Board for review. The result of the Faculty vote (for single-unit proposals) should be reported to the Executive Board along with the proposal.


Step 5: Formal CR&J Review

The Executive Board forwards the proposal to CR&J for a formal review. CR&J recommends changes as necessary to correct problems with language or consonance with Divisional or Statewide code, and returns the proposal with its recommendations to the Executive Board. The Board then returns the proposal to the originating body with CR&J’s recommendations for revision and the Executive Board's comments and suggestions. Once the revisions are made, the originating body resubmits the revised proposal for another round of review through the Executive Board and CR&J; the process is repeated until all outstanding issues have been properly addressed and CR&J rules that the proposal conforms to Divisional and Statewide legislation.

Once CR&J issues its ruling, the Executive Board considers the substance and potential consequences of the proposal and may return comments to or request changes by the originating body before including the proposal in the Notice of Meeting (agenda) for consideration during a meeting of the Legislative Assembly.

If the measure is considered routine or unlikely to raise questions, the Executive Board may elect to place it on the agenda's Consent Calendar. Otherwise, the measure goes into the regular agenda, typically as New Business (see Step 6.).


Step 6: Legislative Assembly Vote

A representative of the originating body attends the Legislative Assembly meeting to present a brief oral summary of the proposal and to answer any questions about the measure from LgA members if it is included in the regular agenda.

All items appearing on the Consent Calendar are ordinarily adopted with a single majority vote without discussion at the start of the meeting. However, any Senate member attending the meeting may request to have any item in the Consent Calendar moved to the regular agenda in order to discuss and vote on it separately. Therefore, even if a proposal appears on the Consent Calendar a representative of the originating body should attend the meeting to respond to questions in case members wish to consider the measure separately.

Changes to Divisional Bylaws and related Appendices require a two-thirds affirmative vote of the voting members present at a meeting of the Legislative Assembly, or two-thirds of those voting if the measure is submitted to a mail ballot [Divisional Bylaw 120(C)]. Divisional Bylaw 120 (E) states that legislation becomes effective upon the expiration of the period of time allowed for submission to a mail ballot as prescribed in Divisional Bylaw 155, or a subsequent date specified in the legislation. If a mail ballot is conducted, the legislation becomes effective when approved by the mail ballot, or on the subsequent specified date.